Being bullied or harassed at work, whether by a colleague, manager, employer is a deeply distressing situation for any one person to be subjected to.
In cases where the bullying or harassment is being administered by an employee’s manager, team leader or employer then this can be even more difficult both socially and emotionally for the employee and increasingly difficult in ways to find resolution in the workplace. Employing a specialist bullying and harassment solicitor to support you and raise an appropriate employment tribunal claim where advisable can often be the only way to provide a fitting resolution to a very serious problem to contain all aspects of the situation and raise an appropriate employment tribunal where required can often be the only way to provide fitting resolve to a very serious problem.
Acts Of Bullying
Bullying can take many forms and all are punishable by law. If you have been subject to bullying or harassment at work then you are entitled to take a stance to protect your rights as an employee and as a human.
These include being humiliated in front of clients, customers or colleagues; receiving either verbal or physical abuse; unwanted teasing; practical jokes; being blamed for practices and problems that weren’t your fault; being subject to excessive unfair criticism; having responsibility taken from you without proper reason; being overlooked for promotions or training opportunities you are qualified for; being excluded from work related team activities, meetings, social gatherings and group emails; receiving unfounded threats of job security and dismissal or having unrealistic expectations imposed on you that aren’t practical to achieve.
The Equality Act 2010 offers protection against some acts of harassment.
Bullying and harassment can take many forms. They can be verbal, physical, written or digital.
Specific areas of harassment governed by discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 include harassment of the grounds of race, sex, disability, age, religious belief and pregnancy/maternity. Being discriminated against and harassed as a consequence of any of these characteristics is unlawful and may give you grounds to issue a legal claim.
Each of these areas of harassment are defined as any unwanted conduct delivered with the purpose of effecting or violating a persons dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment.
In cases where the working relationship has broken down beyond repair and your employer is at fault then you may also be entitled to claim for constructive dismissal. In other cases you may have already left your job due to the hostile working environment, making it impossible for you to carry out your employment there.
Employment Solicitors Manchester are constructive dismissal specialists. They will talk you through your issues with sensitivity and professionalism
What To Do If You Are Being Bullied At Work
It is often helpful to keep a personal record of any acts of bullying or harassment. Include the location, times and dates of all inappropriate actions, what was said and of any witnesses that may be available to corroborate your story. Also add how the situation made you feel and the effects it made on your feelings, your work and your health and wellbeing.
If there is no resolve after making a verbal complaint you should follow the correct protocol in making a complaint outlined by your business. Make copies of written complaints and ask your employer or manager to put any responses in writing. These may be required to help your case if an employment tribunal is raised. However, in many cases an employment tribunal cannot be brought against your employer and/or colleagues without following the ACAS Early Conciliation Process.
Following the correct process when building a case against bullying or harassment is important in order to receive the best possible outcome. Employment Solicitors Manchester are specialists in this area and will advise you of the correct action to take at each step towards the correct resolution.
Contact Employment Solicitors Manchester Now
Our dedicated team of bullying and harassment solicitors will guide you through the best action to take during the complications arising from acts of abuse you have been subjected to at your place of work.
You can call on 0161 82 11 559 or contact us by clicking here for an initial consultation regarding all of your employment concerns. We offer complete and full advice in easy to understand terms to help establish the most likely outcomes for your case in a relaxed and pressure free environment.
We understand how sensitive making a claim against your previous employer can be so our expertly trained staff deliver each of our services with empathy and understanding. It is entirely up to you whether you decide to pursue your claim or not. We’re here to help you make those important decisions backed by our years of experience and industry knowledge.